Pau Takes on the World 

"Memphis Grizzlies forward Pau Gasol was relishing the challenge of spearheading Spain's campaign at the world championships in Japan later this month.

"I know there is more pressure and a greater responsibility on me than the others. It is a challenge to overcome it and to make sure it doesn't affect me," Gasol told a news conference on Thursday.

Read more of the bearded Spaniard's deep thoughts here.

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